Monday, September 24, 2018


If you are on the hunt for an itty-bitty PC that can handle every day tasks, the folks at Modders Inc. think you should take a look at the ECS LIVA Z2 Mini PC.

With the launch of the Z Series LIVA machines, ECS has chosen to prioritize form factor, silence, and versatility. Now, the second generation Z2 represents the latest ECS has to offer from its signature mini PC platform.

H1Z1 Becoming Z1 Battle Royale

I noticed over at Blue's News that H1Z1 is becoming Z1 Battle Royale

H1Z1 on PC will soon be known as “Z1 Battle Royale”! This release is the first major step in that transition. The newly re-formed dev team worked closely with the community to prioritize features and changes that return the game to its roots as the world’s most competitive BR Game. For the most up-to-date information on the team’s priorities, please visit 

Thermaltake X1 RGB Gaming Keyboard

The Thermaltake X1 RGB gaming keyboard is on the test bench at FunkyKit for those of you interested.

Overall I rate the Thermaltake X1 keyboard a strong 5/5. Pretty much every aspect of this keyboard managed to impress me. From the build quality, lighting, key feel and everything in between this keyboard managed to outdo my expectations all while coming in about $30 less than I would expect a keyboard like this to be priced at.

Visor Launches AI for In-Game Alerts in ‘Overwatch’

Multiplayer first-person shooters can be both exciting and nerve-racking. So, it helps to have a knowledgeable player by your side with suggestions. That’s the promise of Visor, which is offering in-game AI alerts and post-game analysis for titles like Blizzard’s Overwatch, a first-person shooter for team battles. San Francisco-based Visor recently scooped up $4.7 million in funding for its AI that aims to help improve your game in Overwatch. The startup in August released the open beta download for its software that offers gamers pointers on their playing.

Intel Targets 5G Infrastructure with Latest Silicon Photonics Technology

Intel Corporation’s portfolio of 100G silicon photonics transceivers are optimized to meet the bandwidth requirements of next-generation communications infrastructure while withstanding harsh environmental conditions. “Our hyperscale cloud customers are currently using Intel’s 100G silicon photonics transceivers to deliver high-performance data center infrastructure at scale. By extending this technology outside the data center and into 5G infrastructure at the edge of the network, we can provide the same benefits to communications service providers while supporting 5G fronthaul bandwidth needs.”

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Cooler Master MasterCase H500M Review

Don't forget to head on over to Tom's Hardware to read my review of the Cooler Master MasterCase H500M. Trust me, you'll be glad you did.

Apple's Staff Call Its Upcoming Streaming Service 'Expensive NBC'

Damn, you know your service is bland as hell when your own employees call it "expensive NBC."

Across Hollywood and inside Apple, the show has become emblematic of the challenges faced by the technology giant as it pushes into entertainment. Apple earmarked $1 billion for Hollywood programming last year. But in the tone CEO Mr. Cook has set for it, whatever Apple produces mustn’t taint a pristine brand image that has helped the company collect 80% of the profits in the global smartphone market.

Patriot Viper RGB Series DDR4 3200MHz Review

Those crazy crustaceans over at Mad Shrimps have a 16GB (2 x 8GB) kit of Patriot's Viper RGB Series DDR4 3200MHz on the test bench today.

Depending on your system setup appearance and the desired XMP 2.0 speeds, you can choose to go either with black or white heatsinks, while the RGB 5-segment setup will surely bring a lot of eye candy to your machine. The product does feature compatibility in terms of RGB lighting with the most-known motherboard brands and for the others we do have the ability to use Patriot’s own software, supplied on the website.

Q3 Charity Drive

*UPDATE 9/22/18*

It's all over, we did it! Notifications will be going out this weekend!

*UPDATE 9/12/18*

In addition to removing the limit on entries, I have added more autographed game memorabilia to the pile to make your odds even better.

*UPDATE 9/1/18*

I have upped the ante (and your odds of getting one of these games) by including even more autographed games to the list.

Here's a great way to donate to charity and, with any luck, also get your hands on one of these amazing autographed games at the same time. All three of these games  were signed by the entire development team at id Software, including John Carmack, making them extremely valuable and incredibly rare.

For those of you asking, the answer is 'Yes.' I could have simply auctioned these off on eBay, but where is the fun in that? At least this way, everyone can make a small donation and do a good thing as a group and have a little fun in the process. Plus, and this is a huge PLUS, by doing it this way I know these games are going to a good home, not just some random person off eBay.

HotHardware 2.5 Geeks Show

If you haven't done so already, make sure you guys head on over to HotHardware and check out the latest installment of the 2.5 Geeks show!

EasySMX Cool 2000 Headset Review

If you need a new headset, our friends at OCInside have a review of the EasySMX Cool 2000 that should be of interest to you.

Today we have tested the EasySMX COOL 2000, an inexpensive over ear headset. We will see if the company EasySMX from Shenzhen, founded in 2012, can convince us with this headset. The results can now be seen in the following EasySMX Cool 2000 headset review on, including a small audio sample and video.

Noctua Chromax Accessories Review

NikKTech has Noctua's Chromax accessories in house for a little review action.

We are of course talking about Noctua and although they've yet to expand their product lines to something other than fans and air based CPU coolers what has really let some gamers and enthusiasts down is the very "common" design/looks of their products. With the Chromax line of colorful accessories which was launched last year Noctua has tried to change that and today we'll be transforming a regular NH-D15 CPU cooler to see if they've succeeded in doing so.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Logitech G513 Review GX Blue Switch

The crew at Vortez has published a review of the Logitech G513 GX Blue Switch. If you like clicky mechanical key switches, this might be the keyboard you are looking for.

Back in July of this year, we reviewed the Logitech G513 with the tactile and linear Romer-G switches, this time around we’ll be taking a look at the GX Blue variant. This version shares an identical feature set to the Romer based keyboards with the only difference being the mechanical GX switch instead of the Romer-Gs.

Data On Millions From Unwiped Servers Sold Over Craigslist

How does crap like this continue to happen? Laziness, that's how it happens.

A shady dealer on Craigslist appears to have been selling access to millions of customer records taken from servers used by a bankrupt electronics retailer called NCIX, which had customers in both Canada and the US.

DIY MEGA Microwave

Holy crap, look at this damn thing!

Joaquin Phoenix In Full Joker Make-Up

I love Joaquin Phoenix but I'm not too sure about him playing the Joker. 😕

Telltale Games Lays Off Staff, May Close

Damn, this really sucks. It would be great to see a company like Amazon swoop in and buy Telltale.

“It's been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course. Unfortunately, we ran out of time trying to get there. We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry.” Telltale will issue further comments regarding its product portfolio in the coming weeks. 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Taking Off Early Today!

I won't be around this afternoon because I have an appointment, a few errands to do and I have to get ready to ship out all those cool autographed games this weekend. Notifications will be going out soon, make sure you have whitelisted (or check your spam filter). If you need something to do to pass the time, make sure you enter to win our $250 Amazon Gift Card giveaway! Completely free, open to anyone, anywhere!

Overwatch League Gets First Female Coach

I had no idea that there were no female coaches in the Overwatch League until now. I feel kinda stupid for not knowing that.

Molly "AVALLA" Kim's Overwatch career began in the grassroots where she served as head coach of Frescia Gaming, starting from Open Division and finishing in the top 16 in season one and qualifying for Contenders Trials Korea season two. Since then, AVALLA has worked as an assistant coach with OpTic Academy and Meta Bellum in their North American and Korean Contenders playoffs run. In addition, she's a high-level Overwatch player, peaking at 78th rank on the Korean Overwatch ladder. 

NVIDIA Turning Up the Power of NVIDIA SDKs for Turing

Developers can get off to a running start with Turing, our new GPU architecture, using our latest software tools. Unveiled last month, Turing is one of the biggest leaps in computer graphics in 20 years. As the first Turing-based GPUs hit the shelves, we’re delivering software innovations that help developers take advantage of this powerful architecture and boost computing performance. Here’s a look at new software optimized for Turing and geared to advance the next generation of research, AI services and graphics.

Shell Expands Strategic Collaboration With Microsoft

hell Global Solutions announced it is broadening its work with Microsoft Corp. to help accelerate industry transformation and innovation. Through this collaboration, Shell will drive efficiencies across the company from drilling and extraction to employee empowerment and collaboration, as well as safety for its retail customers and employees.

As part of this deal, Shell announced it has selected C3 IoT with Microsoft Azure as its artificial intelligence (AI) platform to enable and accelerate digital transformation on a global scale. Shell expects to realize substantial economic value by rapidly scaling and replicating AI and machine learning applications across its upstream and downstream businesses and improving operational performance.

Intel Making Factories Better Places for Humans to Work

Irene Petrick, director of Industrial Innovation in the Industrial Solutions Division, Internet of Things Group; Faith McCreary, principal engineer, experience architect, and researcher, Internet of Things Group “We imagine the factory of the future that is smart enough to take care of itself most of the time,” Faith says. Hundreds of interviews later: Both Ph.Ds in Intel’s Internet of Things Group, Irene and Faith came to Intel after careers in consulting, research and academia. After they interviewed employees – CEOs to factory workers – at 133 manufacturers, they co-authored a research paper on “Industry 4.0.” One key finding: 59 percent of people in manufacturing want “intelligent” solutions to take on work described as manual or labor-intensive.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Twitch Is Now Blocked in China

According to The Verge (no, not the tweezers guy), Twitch is now blocked in China.

Twitch is now blocked in China. The major game streaming site is largely no longer accessible and its app has been removed from Apple’s local App Store, after it saw a noticeable boost in popularity last month, as spotted by Abacus. 

HyperX Cloud Alpha Full Hands on Review

I know you guys aren't really into video reviews but I can assure you that you will definitely like this HyperX Cloud Alpha headset review. It's an unboxing and review all in one!

I Bought A Box Of Amazon Customer Returns

I had no idea it was even possible to buy pallets of returned items from Amazon.

Toshiba and Western Digital Celebrate the Opening of Fab 6

Toshiba Memory Corporation and Western Digital Corporation today celebrated the opening of a new state-of-the-art semiconductor fabrication facility, Fab 6, and the Memory R&D Center, at Yokkaichi operations in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Toshiba Memory started construction of Fab 6, a dedicated 3D flash memory fabrication facility, in February 2017. Toshiba Memory and Western Digital have installed cutting-edge manufacturing equipment for key production processes including deposition and etching. Mass production of 96-layer 3D flash memory utilizing the new fab began earlier this month. 

Demand for 3D flash memory is growing for enterprise servers, data centers and smartphones, and is expected to continue to expand in the years ahead. Further investments to expand its production will be made in line with market trends. The Memory R&D Center, located adjacent to Fab 6, began operations in March of this year, and will explore and promote advances in the development of 3D flash memory.

CPU Cooler Round-Up 2018 Part 2

Part two of OCInside's 2018 CPU cooler round-up is now online for your viewing pleasure. Here's a translated quote from the round-up to pique your interest:

After the big CPU cooler comparison 2018 , where we have tested numerous coolers on an AMD AM4 system, we would like to present another cooler test overview on today. In the second part of the cooler chart, there is now an overview with selected CPU coolers from Antec, Arctic, Cooler Master, Cryorig, Enermax, Intel and LEPA, which were tested on an Intel Core i5 PC system. So you can easily find the right air cooler or AIO water cooler for the Intel PC or AMD PC and get a quick comparison of the cooler test results.

Man Threatens To Kill Boy Over Fortnite

What kind of jackass threatens to kill an 11 year old boy over Fortnite?

A 45-year-old Long Island man was arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot an 11-year-old boy after losing to him in the video game "Fortnite."

NVIDIA Shares Fall After RTX Reviews Disappoint

It would seem analysts aren't as blown away by the new GeForce RTX series as they expected. Shares dipped 2.6%.

"As review embargos broke for the new gaming products, performance improvements in older games is not the leap we had initially hoped for," Morgan Stanley analyst Joseph Moore said in a note to clients on Thursday. "Performance boost on older games that do not incorporate advanced features is somewhat below our initial expectations, and review recommendations are mixed given higher price points."

noblechairs HERO Review

After reading this noblechairs HERO review, I think I might have to look into one of these things.

Today we look at the HERO, with several additions, most importantly of which is the increased size, now catering for the larger person. Padding is also increased, to help support heavier people, with a maximum quoted weight of 180KG (roughly 28 stone).

PlayStation Classic Size Comparison

Thanks to the crew at Kotaku for posting this image of a PlayStation Classic next to an original PlayStation. Hit the link for more information.

Newegg The Newest Victim Of Magecart Assault

Well this sucks.

While the dust is settling on the British Airways compromise, the Magecart actor behind it has not stopped their work, hitting yet another large merchant: Newegg. The breach of Newegg shows the true extent of Magecart operators’ reach. These attacks are not confined to certain geolocations or specific industries—any organization that processes payments online is a target. The elements of the British Airways attacks were all present in the attack on Newegg: they integrated with the victim’s payment system and blended with the infrastructure, staying there as long as possible.

Something Awful is Getting Sued

Dear lord, these people have no idea who they are dealing with.

Unfortunately, in my 20 years of running this site, I've been forced to brush up on general copyright law, and I damn well know that linking to an image hosted on a third party image site breaks absolutely no law, even if it is digital, lossy compressed Hitler. 

AMD Reinforces its Commitment to Corporate Citizenship

AMD today released its 23rd annual corporate responsibility update, highlighting the company’s continued commitment to achieving its environmental and social goals. The update features details on the company’s sustainability programs, community impact of employee volunteers, supply chain practices and new case studies showcasing how consumers are using AMD technology to improve lives.  

“At AMD, we are proud not only of our leadership products, but also the manner in which those products are brought to market,” said Susan Moore, corporate vice president for government affairs and corporate responsibility at AMD. “From focusing on our supply chain practices to fostering an inclusive culture to minimizing our environmental footprint, our focus on corporate citizenship is a critical aspect of how AMD creates high-performance computing products that help solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.”

Equifax Fined £500,000 for 2017 Data Breach

This seems like a drop in the bucket considering that this affected 15 million people.

Credit reference agency Equifax has been fined £500,000 for failing to protect the personal information of up to 15 million Brits during a 2017 cyber attack. An investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) found that company's UK arm failed to take appropriate steps to ensure US parent Equifax Inc, which was processing data on its behalf, was protecting the information.

How Deep Learning Can Help Doctors Navigate the Contours of Radiation Therapy

Contouring isn’t just for Kim Kardashian’s cheekbones. Doctors use a process of the same name to determine high-precision radiation therapy treatments. Once the size and shape of tumors are identified in medical images, contouring helps them design target volumes for radiation therapy. Researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, are using deep learning to improve this time-consuming, labor-intensive process.